Ericsson 5G Proof of Concept Network is an open trial facility to enable early deployments of 5G technology. Ericsson Garage, Aachen is opened as an associated incubator space where Ericsson, industry & academia come together to innovate in the area of 5G and IoT. Ericsson enters into 5G collaboration with Aachen University of Technology (RWTH Aachen Campus) to conduct trials addressing industrial use-cases.

Ericsson (NASDAQ: ERIC) today had the official opening of the Ericsson 5G Proof of Concept Network and Ericsson Garage in Aachen, Germany during their annual Innovation Day event attended by key organisations and members of government.

The 5G Proof of Concept Network connects key 5G trial sites and enables Ericsson to collaborate on innovative research and use case testing involving early 5G technology to establish proofs of concepts for industry, involving critical machine type communications. Adaptive smart grids, connected self-driving cars and industry factory automation are among the use cases that are being powered by the 5G trial facility in collaboration with academia and industry leaders.

Alongside the 5G Proof of Concept Network at Aachen will be the Ericsson Garage which will be a critical hub for the “5G for Germany” program. The garage will provide an incubator space that will focus on joint innovation and prototyping and will enable Ericsson customers and partners to co-create together with our ICT experts and shape solutions and products to fully exploit the 5G technology potential for maximum user benefit.

The combination of the Ericsson 5G Proof of Concept Network and the Ericsson Garage provides a unique innovation platform from which Ericsson can jointly develop and trial applications for industrial communications, devices, services, IoT technology, network concepts and to develop new business models.

Ulf Ewaldsson, Chief Technology Officer, Ericsson, says: “Industrial use cases will be extremely important for the success of 5G and we see Germany driving innovation in Industry 4.0. Our collaboration with RWTH, one of the leading institutes in this area, is an excellent opportunity to gain first-hand experience and allows us to fine tune 5G based solutions.”

The three elements announced today, the 5G Network for building proof of concepts, the Ericsson Garage for identifying original ideas and innovations and the collaboration with RWTH Aachen Campus for industrial use case testing, are all part of the Ericsson ‘5G for Germany’ program launched last autumn.

Notes to editors

“5G for Germany” is part of the Ericsson “5G for Europe” program, announced in 2015, that brings together major industrial players, the public sector and leading universities across Europe to strengthen the continent's competitiveness and maximize the benefits of the Networked Society.

RWTH Aachen Campus is about finding a whole new way of cooperating with the economy: ensuring researchers are joined by the development departments of companies. Researchers cooperate with renowned and strong partners from the economy on the Campus from the very outset and are involved in closely meshed, interdisciplinary, application-oriented research – the RWTH Aachen Campus is the next stage in the evolution of an application-based university. The RWTH Aachen Campus is composed of up to 16 Clusters.

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